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Bird flu detected in Michigan dairy worker

By Vaseline May30,2024

Another Michigan dairy worker has been infected with a highly virulent bird flu. This is the third human case since bird flu was discovered in dairy cattle this spring, but the first to report symptoms of respiratory illness.

The worker reported experiencing coughing and eye discomfort with watery discharge and was given antiviral treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The The person is isolating at home and symptoms are resolving, the agency said. Those living in the worker’s home have not developed symptoms; no other staff at the farm have reported symptoms and staff are being monitored.

Dairy workers infected in the previous cases — in Texas in April and in Michigan last week — reported eye infections. Federal health officials say the development underscores the need for workers to take precautions, such as wearing personal protective equipment, when working with livestock.

The two workers infected with the virus in Michigan were not wearing full protective gear, state officials said.

The CDC reiterated that it believes the risk to the general public is low and there is no evidence of person-to-person spread. Highly pathogenic bird flu was first detected in U.S. dairy cattle in late March, although researchers say the virus had likely been circulating on a limited basis for about four months before federal officials confirmed the disease.

This is a development story. It will be updated.

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